Re: Donation plan? my sales pitch input

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Fri Oct 29 2004 - 16:09:13 CDT

At 11:43 AM -0400 10/29/04, David Mertz wrote:
>On Oct 29, 2004, at 11:05 AM, Arthur Keller wrote:
>>>A thousand supporting memberships at $10 per month will
>>HELP --- will HELP ensure. $10,000 won't ACTUALLY ENSURE OVC's success.
>
>For that matter, a million dollars wouldn't *ensure* OVCs success either.
>
>Funding the work is only part of the (very political) process of
>getting it concretely adopted by states and counties. Then there's
>lobbying, drafting laws, advertising, tech support, academic papers,
>and lots of other stuff. But indeed money makes all of these flow
>more smoothly.

A million dollars will fund a reasonable size effort. $10,000 a
month will fund Alan and little else.

Best regards,
Arthur

P.S. Alan called me to complain that I was discouraging people from
raising money. I think that $10,000 a month is a great start. It
will be good to have a paid leader. The board in December voted to
pay Alan a salary of up to $8,000 contingent on available funding.
Hopefully, if Alan is paid, then he'll be able to devote the time to
raising money for the OVC to build a production quality system.
Unfortunately, the OVC has not been able to raise $10,000 total in
over 10 months of trying, although Alan did get consulting money in
September from an interested party to keep him going. In addition, I
personally have lent Alan money several times to keep him going. I
just think it is important for people to realize what $10,000 a month
will and won't accomplish. I believe in trust in advertising. As
OVC's VP for Finance and Administration, being truthful and accurate
about our finances is my job.

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